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I've posted numerous articles on why not to leave your dog unattended in a car, but it still happens all the time. Debby Brown will...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jun 15th 2009


I’ve posted numerous articles on why not to leave your dog unattended in a car, but it still happens all the time.

Debby Brown will think twice, possibly 10,000 times, before she ever leaves her chorkie again.

CONCORD, Calif. – On Monday morning, Debby Brown was ecstatic, having been reunited with her tiny dog Lexi 2 1/2 days after the pet was taken from her Cadillac Escalade parked behind a Concord, Calif., restaurant.

But it was a tough weekend for the Concord woman, who offered – and paid – a $10,000 reward to get back Lexi.

“We got so many calls, about 40, and some of them wanted to meet us,” said Brown, who had posted fliers all over the East Bay region. “It was scary sitting in those parking lots, waiting, afraid of getting robbed. … It’s been a very stressful few days.”

Her ordeal began Friday night, when Brown and her boyfriend left the Elephant Bar on Willow Pass Road and found a window of their vehicle had been smashed. Lexi, a 2-year-old, 3-pound Chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix – a ‘chorkie’ – was gone.

So Brown posted fliers promising a $10,000 reward, no questions asked, for Lexi’s safe return. That brought out the callers – most of whom, of course, didn’t have Lexi.

She tried to meet with a few of the people who called over the weekend, claiming they had Lexi. None of them showed, she said. Then Brown received photos of her pet via e-mail, convincing her that this was the real deal. And indeed, early Monday morning, Brown and her boyfriend met with people in a parking lot in Alameda, Calif., where the cash and the dog were exchanged.

Since Brown offered the reward with no conditions she has not pursued the matter with the police. It would be one thing not to involve the police if Lexi had simply been found and returned. However, if what is reported is true, Brown was blackmailed and the police should be involved. If the perpetrators aren’t caught what’s to stop them from doing it again?

* Pic of Brown and Lexi courtesy Contra Costa Times